GARY ANDERSON made a dream start to the Unibet Champions League with two wins – despite suffering from INSOMNIA.
The double world champ cruised past Michael Smith 10-5 and James Wade 10-7 in his opening group games at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff yesterday.
He now faces Adrian Lewis this afternoon (Sun) bidding to secure his place in tonight’s (Sun) semi-finals. But he revealed that a lack of sleep is playing havoc with life and game preparation.
He said: “It’s well known that I like my sleep. I usually prefer to get into double figures for the amount of sleep I get per night.
“But for some unknown reason I’ve been really struggling for the last two or three months. I only get about two or three hours sleep a night and that’s a nightmare for me.
“I don’t know whether that’s down to the World Series and flying through different time zones and after-effects of jet lag, but it’s playing havoc with life.
“I’m sure it will calm down but I need it too. When you play games in afternoons and late at night, being able to get some sleep when you need it is vital.
“I got through today OK. Against James I was making a mess of too many legs. I could have won 10-3 but I made hard work of it.
“Just a lack of practice really cost me. I’ve been a bit sloppy but I’m not worried about that. Going three weeks without practice was probably too long.
“But I got results I needed and now I’ve just got to get the right performance against Adrian which won’t be easy because he needs the win as well.”
Wade admitted: “I didn’t play well, I let Gary out traps too quickly. I just wasn’t good enough and it’s so hard to reflect on it because I was so poor.”
After breezing past protege Smith in the afternoon session, Anderson kicked off in fine style against Wade with a swift two opening leg kills of double 16 and tops.
But Wade steamed back to stop the rot with double 10 and 19 to pull level. Then it was all Ando reeling off five impressive legs to take control.
The game never really caught fire as Anderson comfortably turned up the power with tops, double two and tops again to lead 5-2.
Wade was now reeling and the Scotsman applied what appeared to be the killer touch to the tie with double eight and tops again to open the gap to five legs clear.
However, leg wins either side of the break from Wadey – including a sensational 164 – reminded Anderson that the game was far from won at 7-4.
But a wonderfully clinical 98 with treble 20 and double 19 in two darts meant that Ando assumed control once again. Yet Wade showed a bit of steel to grab another leg back to keep The Flying Scotsman on his toes at 8-5.
Wade came within millimetres of repeating his 164, wiring the bull, but Ando kept his cool to land double 10 to move within a leg of victory.
Then Ando missed three match darts to wrap it up and Wade took out double five to stay alive – before the Scot made a hash of killing off the match in the next leg – now totalling nine missed attempts to win leaving Wade to grab leg and make it 9-7.
Wade then missed a dart to make it 9-8 before Anderson finally wrapped it up 10-7 with double seven for his second successive win and top the group.